[ ih-kahy-nuh s ]
/ ɪˈkaɪ nəs /
noun, plural e·chi·ni [ih-kahy-nahy] /ɪˈkaɪ naɪ/.
any sea urchin of the genus Echinus.
- an ovolo molding, especially one having an outline with several radii or one carved with an egg-and-dart pattern.
- the prominent circular molding supporting the abacus of a Doric or Tuscan capital.
- Also called cymatium. the circular molding, usually carved with an egg-and-dart pattern, forming part of an Ionic capital between the volutes and under the balteus.
Origin of echinus
1325–75; Middle English < Latin < Greek echînos hedgehog, sea urchin
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/ (ɪˈkaɪnəs) /
noun plural -ni (-naɪ)
architect an ovolo moulding between the shaft and the abacus of a Doric column
any of the sea urchins of the genus Echinus, such as E. esculentus (edible sea urchin) of the Mediterranean
Word Origin for echinus
C14: from Latin, from Greek ekhinos
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